Schnebly Hill Road

4.3/5 (62 reviews)
Sedona, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 10/14/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

“The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time,” said Thoreau in his 1854 book, Walden. He never saw Sedona. Sand dunes and seabed sediments were laid and then covered by more of the same over 300 million years ago. Under unimaginable compression, they became the sandstone we see today. A massive 3000-foot uplift 13 million years ago created the Mogollon Rim running from central New Mexico to western Arizona exposing the ancient sandstone layers. Walden’s gentle erosion took over. The ethereal beauty of Sedona’s many sandstone formations emerged. Today tourists from all over the world flock to charming and captivatingly scenic Sedona. Offroaders come too, running the many famous rocky trails in the area. Schnebly Hill Road is both a road and a rite of passage. The road itself is crowded and annoyingly bumpy on the descent from the Rim into Sedona. But the views always delight, all that red and buff sandstone formed into monuments ranging from massive to whimsical. Despite being a Jeep Badge of Honor Trail, Schnebly Hill Road is a once and done for many. But it is one that you need to do and will always remember, a touchstone of the community if you will. Thoreau never did Schnebly Hill Road. You should.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Schnebly Hill Road changes several times during its 11-mile descent into Sedona. The trail is nicely maintained hard-packed dirt in its upper section, Waypoints 1 through 8. From Waypoint 8 to 10, the track gets increasingly rocky. From Waypoint 10, the trail descends 1800 feet along switchbacks and shelves on mostly solid rock with ledges and some exposed boulders. There are no significant or named obstacles along the road, with the exception of heavy traffic on weekends and holidays. It is possible to run in 2WD vehicles with adequate clearance, but not recommended if the conditions are other than optimal. The use of low range on the descent can help save your brakes.
Schnebly Hill Road can be closed due to inclement or winter weather. Make sure to research road conditions and weather forecasts before planning a trip to this or any other trail. Schnebly Hill Road is also heavily traveled by Jeep tour divers, ATV operators, hikers, and mountain bikes, so be situationally aware when traveling on this trail.

Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (62 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

By far one of the best trial I have done. It was great up to the view point, but after that very bumpy ride down the road. Ran into a bunch of pink jeep tour guys. Check off of my list of trails I have to do.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Amazing views of the red rock mountains around Sedona make this bumpy trail worth while.
Trail Review: Schnebly Hill Road - Ken Broermann
Trail Review: Schnebly Hill Road - Ken Broermann
Status: Open
Visited: 10/10/2022

Entered the trail from Sedona , extremely rocky from the get go, like a cobblestone road with the stones are turned on end for the first couple of miles(Not enjoyable at all). Fortunately for us , or unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse. So we did a 180 and headed back to Sedona. Broken-Arrow trail was a much more enjoyable ride.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail with incredible views of the red rocks! I definitely recommend airing down your tires for a smoother ride. I did this in a stock gladiator rubicon and had no issues at all. I will definitely be coming back to do this trail again
Trail Review: Schnebly Hill Road - Curtis Wilhelm
Trail Review: Schnebly Hill Road - Curtis Wilhelm
Ryan
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Always a rockstar trail - probably my 5th time in as many years. Bumpy as all heck, but no technical sections or obstacles. Views to kill for. Any stock Wrangler can make it (or any other high clearance vehicle for that matter). Go early in the day to avoid the traffic and Pink Jeeps.
Trail Review: Schnebly Hill Road - Ryan
Trail Review: Schnebly Hill Road - Ryan
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